Speaking to AS, Arsenal technical director Edu confirmed today that Lucas Torreira is attracting a ton of interest from multiple clubs.
The Uruguayan joined Atletico Madrid in the summer on a season-long loan deal. Torreira seemed a brilliant fit in Diego Simeone’s system, but things haven’t quite been that way.
The 24-year-old has barely played for Atleti since his move. Reports have emerged explaining his frustration over lack of game time. Many outlets have claimed that Arsenal might look to terminate his loan deal early and send him elsewhere.
Edu has now fueled those rumours by admitting that Arsenal are concerned about Torreira. The Brazilian claimed that he is receiving multiple calls from different clubs over a potential move, but he will only negotiate if the midfielder asks for a change.
He said: “The situation is very simple. Arsenal are concerned about Torreira, his happiness, that he plays and that he is well. We want to know about him how he feels and, later, of course, know what Atlético thinks.”
“For us, Lucas and his happiness is more important. If everyone is happy, we will continue like this. If Lucas is not well, we will look for a change because there are many teams that are calling me to ask about the player’s situation.”
Arsenal should consider other options
The longer Torreira sits on the bench, the harder his value will drop. Mikel Arteta clearly has no plans to keep the Uruguayan, and Arsenal will look to sell him in the summer for good money.
Atletico Madrid are not willing to give him sufficient game time which is bad for us. He has to play regularly to maintain his transfer value, if not increase it. That looks like it will not happen in the Spanish capital.
Arsenal and Edu should intervene and find him a new club this month. If that’s not possible, bringing him back to the Emirates makes more sense than leaving him on Simeone’s bench.